Phuket, one of Thailand’s top tourist destinations, is also facing heavy-handed crackdown by the military on corruption.
For years Patong beach was lined with makeshift bars, restaurants and vendor stands. They provided the livelihood for these people. But a few months ago they were all told by police that they were set up on the beach illegally and only had a few weeks notice before all the structures were demolished.
This week they pleaded with the mayor for help from the military government in Bangkok, after failing to see promised job-training programmes.
Al Jazeera's Scott Heidler reports from Phuket.
Source: Al Jazeera